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Source: Activity Alliance      17/11/2022


British Blind Sport (BBS) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have announced the release of two new See Sport Differently toolkits to support sight loss organisations and sports clubs in helping blind and partially sighted people to be active.

See Sport Differently aims to challenge perceptions and demonstrate that blind and partia

Source: Youth Sport Trust     22/11/2022


Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has reported worrying statistics to show that children studying their GCSEs are less likely than other secondary school pupils to access the transformative power of PE.

This is despite a growing evidence base that physically active children achieve higher levels of academic attainme

Source: fsem.ac.uk   November 2022

New research published in the journal Sports Engineering and highlighted in articles from the BBC and many other news outlets shows that the safety and performance of women football players is suffering because their kit is still largely designed for the men’s game.

The research team was led by Dr Katrine Okholm Kryger, and included England Women’s team captain Leah Williamson alongside Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) Fellows Dr Craig Rosenbloom a

Source: NCSEM-EM.org     16/11/2022


A new physical activity toolkit for patients and staff in secure services has been launched by Loughborough University academics.

The ‘Move More’ resources, developed by Dr Florence Kinnafick, Research Associate Dr Justine Anthony, and a team of researchers in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, ai

Source: Activity Alliance   3rd November 2022


British Blind Sport (BBS) will host a series of in-person workshops in 2023 to raise awareness of the importance of providing inclusive physical activity opportunities for people with sight loss. The sessions will be held across the UK and are open to anyone interested in learning more about delivering inclusive sport to blind and partially

Source: Street Games.org November 2022


Charities across England and Wales will be able to bid for new money to run programmes designed to steer young people away from law-breaking and into positive activities aimed at teaching teamwork, resilience and discipline.

While the number of young people in custody remains at a record low, statistics show around 80 per cent of prolific adult offenders begin committing crimes as chil

Source: UK Active 03/11/2022


Forty per cent of council areas are at risk of losing their leisure centres and swimming pools within five months – or seeing services rationalised – due to the sector’s growing energy crisis, industry leaders have warned.

New figures from ukactive project that without government intervention, larg

Source Gov.UK  November 2022


Schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.

Crucial to achieving this is ensuring that pupils have access to at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, along

Source - http://https://www.leicesterbrc.nihr.ac.uk/heart-health-benefits-more-intense-physical-activity/

Increasing physical activity of any intensity is beneficial for health, but new research published in the European Heart Journal shows that there is a greater reduction in cardiovascular disease risk when more of that activity is of at least moderate intensity. The study, led by researchers at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre and

Source: Gloucestershire Gov.UK     October 2022


Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing; regular exercise can strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, tone muscles, and enhance flexibility.

Research also shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing risk of stress, and clinical depression.
People who e

Source: Activity Alliance October 2022

About the project

As physical activity and sports recover following the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that disabled people are included and supported in organised activity. Working with BritainThinks, disabled people, and our members, we wanted to understand how barriers and motivations have changed for disabled people. And how providers can support and include disabled people as we recover and reinvent from this national crisis.


The research us

Source: BMJ Journals  31/10/2022



Social prescribing is a way of linking people with complex needs to non-medical supports in the community. There are different models of social prescribing, ranging from online signposting services to individual support from a link worker to access community resource. The link worker model of social prescribing is most frequently used in the UK.1 Link workers are non-health or social care pr

Source- Activity Alliance  10/10/2022


Organised by WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, and supported by the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association, this upcoming event provides an opportunity for anyone with a physical impairment over the age of 5 to play wheelchair sport, make new friends, and mostly importantly have lots of fun.

During the all-day event participants wil

Source- Sport Wales  05/10/2022

The Black Swimming Association (BSA) are still in the “listening phase” of their development in Wales, but aim to be an active force in Welsh sport in the very near future.

Launched only two-and-a-half years ago – and at the time of the first Covid lockdowns – the BSA are committed to increasing diversity in aquatic participation as well as raising awareness of swimming as a life-saving skill.

Their impact in that short time has already been recognised, with the B

Source Sport England 03/10/2022



October is Black History Month and this year’s theme ‘Time for Change: Actions Not Words’ presented an opportunity for Sport England to highlight some incredible work taking place in a culturally diverse part of the West Midlands.

A YMCA in Wolverhampton hosted the first Black Majority Church (BMC) in the West Midlands in 1953. Known as the Black Country, due to the rich c

Source Sport Engand               10/2022



Sport England, in association with Sheffield Hallam University, Youth Sport Trust, Activity Alliance and Association for Physical Education, has shared key insights taken from its Secondary Teacher Training (STT) programme. The research explores how secondary schools c

Source: www.activityalliance.org.uk   02/09/2022


Wheels for All specialises in supporting disabled people to cycle at their inclusive cycling centres across England and Wales. As well as supporting a large number of independent cycling programmes to deliver inclusive cycling opportunities. This involves providing adapted bikes and trained staff and volunteers to make cycling as fun

Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk   31/08/2022


New data released on 31 August 2022 shows more needs to be done to meet the Government’s targets around active travel.

Living Streets is calling for continued investment in walking and cycling to ensure targets are met, and the health and environmental benefits of increased walking and cycling can be realised. 

The Government published its s

Source: www.youthsporttrust.org 05/09/2022


The four-day event delivered by children’s charity, Youth Sport Trust in partnership with National Governing Bodies of Sport thanks to funding from Sport England through the National Lottery took place at Loughborough University.

The School Games National Finals saw over 1,000 aspiring athletes compete across

Source: www.ukactive.com  24/08/2022


ukactive has begun the one-month countdown to National Fitness Day 2022, taking place on Wednesday 21 September, by highlighting the power of physical activity to support people’s mental and physical health amid the huge pressures faced across the UK.

A new Activity and Location Finder has been launched